Resume

Abridged Education And Experience

 

2021 - Present

Part of Culture Coventry and at the heart of Coventry City of Culture 2021 celebrations.

To build strong community partnerships which ensure co-curated activities and projects.  A key focus is on continuing the development of a resilient and sustainable service for Coventry’s communities and support teams to create audience-focused programming (including The Turner Prize.)  Specialist liaison with neurodivergent communities culminating in the first Coventry neurodivergent artist in residence with Project Artworks (Turner Prize nominee); and, enhancement of the environment and practices to provide a better welcome to these communities led by Anna Farley (formally of The Tate.)

2019 - Present

Artist In Residence,

King Edward VI College

6th form specialist college in Nuneaton, with foundation art degree offering. 

Work within the art department and college at large to promote and teach the use of art textiles as a means of expression, and to demonstrate the practices of a working artist. Member of  Wellbeing Strategy Working Party to develop strategies and support staff mental health.

Brought and managed the opportunity for the college to be part of Coventry City of Culture, 2021 through the co-curation of banners for the opening ceremony.

Supported Dr Seyedeh Naseriniaki (Founder of Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC) with  'Lullabies from Coventry to Beirut' and the installation of a participatory window display in Carriers of Hope, with migrant communities, as part of the Coventry Welcomes Festival 2021.

Beneath The Trees Festival, 2021 hosted by Coventry Arts Collective and part of #GreenFutures, created a textile mural live in the event with customers.

Support artist to Ali Ravenhall of Imagineer, created a six-metre community woven moon installation to mark the opening of the Daimler Powerhouse called The Brightest Moon, 2021.

 

Selected as one of ten artists to exhibit and be internationally promoted at 'The Rising' for COVarts, Fargo Village, 2021.

'Sew What?' Arts Council England funded participatory slow mindful stitch embroidery project running between International Women's Day 2021 to Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. Focus on developing self-soothing techniques in women from non-traditional stitch backgrounds.

Artist member and anchorwoman of 'Walking Forest,' a 10-year artwork exploring links with activism, natural forest networks and communities; staged intervention in Coventry culminating at COP26. 

Stitched piece entered as part of Coventry train station welcome sign redesign (Coventry City of Culture, 2021.)  

Volunteer video stitched piece for New York (US) based Common Threads Project's Thanksgiving promotions of 2020.
 

Own website creation and development to showcase practice, record events, and denote learning journey (Apple Mac.)

2019 - Present

Volunteer, 

Fine Cell Work

Awaiting placement in a local prison to help facilitate needlework skills to prisoners.

2018 - Present

‘Processions’ organised by Artichoke, made small group banner created for mass participation artwork to commemorate 100 years of suffrage, represented Wolverhampton Women in Cardiff; and second large group banner of the ‘100 Years 100 Banners’ commission created with Disability Arts in Shropshire (DASH) to recognise the women of Shropshire, again displayed in Cardiff, Ipswich SPILL festival, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, ‘Celebrating Processions: Exhibition of Textile Banners’ Coventry Festival of Imagineers. Permanently stored in V&A collection. As a result, became an Artichoke Heart supporter. Large banner featured in Artichoke, “Women Making History: PROCESSIONS: The Banners,” 2020, 128-129

2018

Volunteer Designer,

Bosworth in Bloom

Helped to design the commemorative suffrage flowerbed as part of RHS Britain In Bloom national competition; village awarded Champion of Champion Gold Award.

2012 - 2019

Self Employed,
no distance far 
embroidery

Computer-aided design and manufacture of embroidery designs for local businesses and sports teams.

2004 - 2015

Company Secretary,
Supported Housing

Rose from secondment to company secretary in supported housing for adults with complex needs.

2008

Collaboration,

Jades Flower Design

Collaboration to create designer bouquets with textile flair as shown on the catwalk at Essex FM Wedding Fayre, Brentwood, and featured in ‘Essex Life’, ‘Pure Weddings’, ‘Essex Weddings’.

1995 - 04

Operations Director,
Supported Living

Held a variety of positions including activities officer, mental health support worker and then became part of the start-up team for developing a new model of supporting adults with complex needs in the community. The idea morphed into supported living. Company purchased by venture capitalists.


Worked alongside those of mental health, learning disability, physical disability, and older persons' issues groups.  

2005 - 2021

Technical Education, Various

  • Video editing workshop with Bertie Cordingley, The bighouse, Nottingham

  • Websites unpicked with Charlotte Jordan, The bighouse, Nottingham

  • Blogging for business and working with influencers with Jen Lowthorp, The bighouse, Nottingham

  • Creating online video with the iPhone, in Learning

  • Website introduction and development using Wix Advanced method, Wix

  • Website introduction, Squarespace

  • Lightroom CC first look, in Learning

  • Photoshop 2020 essential training, in Learning

  • Lightroom Classic CC and photoshop workflows, in Learning

  • Brother PR655 entrepreneur semi-professional embroidery machine and software training (PE design 6 and later PE design next), Stocks Embroidery and Sewing Solutions

  • Brother Inno-vis 1200 embroidery machine and software training, Lords Sew Knit Centre

1998 - 2021

Support Education, Various

  • 2nd International Arts and Homelessness Summit, Coventry

  • Supporting neurodivergency, Project Artworks and The Herbert 

  • Amplifying unheard voices, Common Threads Project and United Nations Organisations

  • Understanding neglect and its role in adolescence, Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board

  • Core awareness in safeguarding children and young people, Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board

  • Terrorist evacuation, King Edward VI College

  • Fire marshal, King Edward VI College

  • Cert - Team management (children), Loughborough University

  • Safeguarding and protecting children, UK Coaching

  • Trainer level - Breakaway and restraint, Blackpool Mental Health

  • Cert in management, ILM

  • Trainer level - Manual Handling, Allied Business School

  • Basic health and safety, ROSPA and CIEH

1995 - 2021

Art And Therapy Education, Various

  • Alcohol and drugs - Delivering a brief intervention, Aquarius Life

  • Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, Sarah Murphy, Rethink

  • Public fundraising, David Burgess, VAA

  • Creative genius, Heidi Hinda Chadwick, Air Gallery

  • Textile artist event for schools, colleges and education, Jessica Grady

  • How to begin, week-long artist adventure, Louise Orwin

  • 4 Week experiential story cloth circle, Common Threads Project, USA

  • Art, healing and public health, London Drawing Group

  • Adv cert - Stress and anxiety management, Salford College

  • Adv cert - Therapeutic hypnosis, Salford College

  • Creative relationship skills, European Therapy Studies Institute

  • Effective anxiety management without drugs, European Therapy Studies Institute

  • Working with grief and loss in children and adolescents, Counselling and Bereavement Counselling

  • Level 3 counselling (qualified psychotherapist), Salford College

  • Level 2 counselling, Salford College

  • Level 1 counselling, Bolton Community Education

  • Cert - Creative therapy

  • BTEC - Continuing education

  • Intro to reminiscence therapy, Age Exchange Reminiscence Centre

  • Creative activities with older people, Age Concern Training

1994

BSc Hons Class 2.1 Textile Design & Design Management (Course Prize),
The University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

Degree show and won Umbro Design Award – Most Innovation (Football Fabric and Strip Design), 1992

1991

School Prizes,
Bolton School

Susan Mary Simpson Art Prize and Bolton School Prize for Textiles

Full scholarship award

1990

Commission,
Bolton School

Retirement of Lord Leverhulme commemorative textile piece commission;

in private collection

1990

Commission,
Bolton School

Retirement of Lord Leverhulme commemorative textile piece commission;

in private collection

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